Monday, 8 December 2014

My home ready for Christmas

Welcome to my home.
It's been a while!  There are a number of reasons for my absence including an accident in the famiy, several  projects on the go at the same time (which were long over due) and kids with hectic lives to name a few... 
Anyway I decorated my house early this year for once so am excited to share my house all decorated for Christmas (there are several spaces I can't share as we are having our hall decorated at the moment and everything from the hall has been dumped in my kids little TV room and my study.
Anyway here are the spaces I've decorated so far...

Living Room

Kitchen shelves

My son's room

new moose flannel bedding and a fur throw

My son chose a moose print to temporarily replace a large US flag which normally hangs over his desk

My daughter's room

Some mercury glass baubles in with the sea glass that is in her lamp base

This girls loves the beach!  Her friend bought her this Christmas decoration back from the states this summer.  It is perfect for this little driftwood tree.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Advent Calendar

I have a million things on the go and can't seem to finish anything so haven't blogged in such a long time.

This time of year is crazy for me and my house is never clean or tidy long enough for me to photograph.

Off the back of Ideal Home magazine I had another magazine come to photograph our home for Christmas about 6 weeks ago.  This prompted me to make a Christmas countdown board instead of an advent calendar, which is something I've wanted to do for ages.  

I painted a large (90cm x 60cm) plywood board with Annie Sloane Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and added L shaped trim to frame the front and the side edge which I painted in ASCP Pure.  I lightly sanded the frame and added a little clear wax but left the grey board without wax.  I downloaded and printed off number tags I found on Jones Design Company blog.

I then measured 24 boxes and drew them on with chalk (which later rubbed off without a trace).  The boxes helped me position the tags which I nailed on using tiny black nails leaving just a few mm sticking out.  I rooted through all my decorations to find 24 little ones to complete the look.

I'm keeping it up until Christmas even if it does look weird.


Sharing at Jen Rizzo's Fabulous Creative Friday linky party

Sunday, 7 July 2013

My home in Ideal Home Magazine - the full story and photos

Ideal Home Magazine were kind enough to give me the photos from the feature on my house. 
Unfortunately I couldn't work out how to attach them to my blog.
Thanks to a You Tube video showing me what to do and Scribd I have now worked it out and here is the article.

The full story and many other lovely homes can be found on Ideal Home's website here 
or you can go straight to and click on the Ideal Home link at the top of the page
the full photos of my house can be found here 

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Footstool slipcover with ruffle

Lily's teddy loves his new seat (altered on Instagram using the Walden special effect)

So, over a year ago I re-painted Lily's room.  I've been considering painting it again to a more aqua shade but she told me this week she loves the colour - she just doesn't like the red bits left in her room.  I haven't got round to re-covering her chair or her footstool and have been putting it off as I wasn't really sure how to go about it.  On a whim two nights ago I decided to have a go at making a slip cover for the footstool.  I'm sure there are tons of people out there who can supply a better technique and a better finished product but in case there are any people out there who, like me, wing it most of the time here's a quick tutorial.

As the red is so strong I decided to go with two layers of fabric for the body of the cover (so that the red doesn't show through the white).  For the underside I used a white cotton (which you won't see) and for the actual cover I used a white Egyptian linen.

I lay one piece over the foot stool first and then the other (linen on the bottom, cotton on the top) and pinned the corners in place.  I then also drew a sewing line at each corner and stitched the corners then snipped off the excess.  I turned the stitched piece inside out and measured from the leg up the point where I wanted to add my ruffle and marked this on the linen side with a ruler (with a disappearing ink pen).

I then cut and pieced together several long lengths of linen and hemmed the finished long piece along one edge (that will be the bottom of the ruffle).  I then went along with my iron and folded a piece over every so often to make pleats.  I always hold these in place with frog tape.

I added a second piece of frog tape to make a line to sew along (this doesn't have to be perfect as these stitches are simply to hold the ruffles in place).

I measured along the ruffle and marked a line to show the length of the ruffles.  I lay the outside edge of the ruffle on top of the outside edge of the cover (basically both front pieces facing each other) and held them in place, blue line to blue line, sewing as I went along.

Snipped off the excess and turned it inside out.

I turned a patterned pillow, that Lily was given after a sleepover party, around to show the white side and sat teddy down for his first modelling job.  He looks nervous but it was his first time.

Now I need to do the chair but don't have enough linen so need some suggestions.  Get more linen (but not exactly the same as my brother brought this back from Egypt for me), go for a white and blue fabric (floral, stripes...), use antique linen that I have plenty of...???

any thoughts?


Friday, 17 May 2013

Esty update

Well, the sun isn't exactly shining here in Wales but it is peeping out from behind the clouds every now and then, plus it's not raining so, to me, it's starting to feel like summer.

So I just finished these pillows that have been in the making for a while.

and this one for an industrial look 

Available from my Etsy shop here

Have a great weekend


Saturday, 11 May 2013

Florida and Savannah

We had such an amazing holiday.  It surpassed everyone's expectations.
We went to parks, sightseeing, swam with dolphins, went to SeaWorld, went to Clearwater for Lily to meet Winter, went to Savannah and finished off in the Keys via the Everglades.  We covered almost 2000 miles and although it was a busy holiday we had a day in Orlando and a day in the Keys where we just stayed in our resorts and enjoyed the sunshine.  I did something I never do (besides snorkelling with Rays which was a first for me) and that was relax!

I've finally managed to make some collages of our favourite bits.



Clearwater Marine Aquarium and St Pete Beach


Tybee Island

The Everglades

The Florida Keys

I always thought if I ever went to Florida it would be a once only trip but we all fell in love with it.
We'll be back!


Friday, 15 March 2013

Etsy treasury in honour of my upcoming holiday

Items from my Etsy shop have been included in over 2000 treasuries and I really appreciate people choosing to feature my things and the time it takes them to come up with a treasury.

I rarely have the time to sit down and create them myself but over the last weekend I decided to go through some of my favourites and see what I could come up with.

As soon as I saw the photo of the suitcases I knew I was going to have to make a treasury in honour of our upcoming trip to Florida in 20 days (yay!!!).

Here it is - I hope you like it and some of the things in it :)

At the Gate in Blue

Florida map digital download...

Keep Calm and Love Whales (W...

set of 2 loving couple Anti...

Vintage Globe XXL / Vintage ...

PASSPORT COVER - Leaving On ...

Original Oil Painting of the...

Whales - vintage educational...

Pelican Bay Fishing Tours by...

Florida Vintage Map - Map Ar...

Aqua Sea Glass & Sterling Ri...

Hanging Rope Casual Two Laye...

Beach wedding White Crochet ...

Beach Landscape, Beach Decor...

Mercer House Savannah Georgi...

Florida print